Updated (yet again) August 13, 2014
From comments we hear from people who join us, it appears that this post I wrote several years ago warrants republishing.
A lot of photo enthusiasts enjoy going to workshops. Why? For one thing, one can photograph without the distractions of family, business, and other commitments.
For another, there is a great synergy when a lot of photographers get together and share their work. Synergy, by the way, according to The American Heritage Dictionary, is “The interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects.” Merriam-Webster notes that it comes from from the New Latin synergia, cooperation, from sunergos (συνεργός) — sun = together, ergos = working — or working together.
And work together is what you do in a photo workshop. You shoot together; you critique together; you often edit together; you share information; you get up early together and burn the midnight oil together; you often eat together; you … I could go on!
In a workshop setting, you gain inspiration from fellow participants, something you can never truly fathom until you have been in this setting. You can, after all, put 100 photographers (perish the thought) lined up to photograph a particular view; and more than likely, you will get 100 different renditions of that view. The point is that we all see differently, and we all choose to interpret a subject in different ways.
You will learn to see differently, and you will improve your sense of composition and sense of what does and does not make an effective photograph. You may also learn about digital workflow and some of the programs that can help you. You may spend a lot of time in the classroom, or most of your hours may be spent outdoors.
I just Googled “photo workshops” and came up with approximately 54,700,000 results. That’s considerably up from “about 234,000” results when I first wrote this blog in April of 2008. For me, that would be reason enough to just stop looking. How can I possibly wade through Continue reading